Santa Cruz Public Works Director to Retire

After serving his county for the past 27 years, Santa Cruz Public Works Director John Presleigh has decided to call it quits. Presleigh will retire in April, the county has announced.

“For nearly three decades, John has been an ally to the people of Santa Cruz County, advocating on their behalf to improve local transportation infrastructure,” County Administrative Officer Carlos Palacios said. “The county family will miss his experience, wisdom and passion, and we wish him the best in his retirement.”

Presleigh started out in 1991 as a civil engineer with the county. He worked his way up to assistant director before taking over the department in 2009.

Presleigh helped lead Santa Cruz through some large disasters during his tenure, including a series of storms that caused over $122 million in damage last year. Under his leadership, the county secured $115 million in new funding for roads and streets over the next decade.

Read more about John Presleigh and his accomplishments here